Ildar Abdrazakov has established himself as one of opera’s most sought-after basses. Since making his La Scala debut in 2001 at 25, the Russian native has become a mainstay at leading houses worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera. His powerful yet refined voice coupled with his compelling stage presence have prompted critics to hail him as a “sensational bass … who has just about everything – imposing sound, beautiful legato, oodles of finesse” (The Independent). Also an active concert artist, he has performed at London’s BBC Proms and at New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as with leading international orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Among Abdrazakov’s signature roles are the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro; Don Giovanniand Leporello (Don Giovanni), Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust, Selim in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, and the title role in Borodin’s Prince Igor, Banquo (Macbeth) and Attila.
Abdrazakov’s discography includes a Grammy Award-winning recording of Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Muti, Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, Rachmaninoff’s The Miserly Knight and unpublished arias by Rossini with Riccardo Chailly. Abdrazakov’s debut solo album Power Players, a celebration of the great Russian bass roles, was released in early 2014 on Delos, to great critical acclaim.
The bass’s DVD releases include Moïse et Pharaon from La Scala, Oberto from Bilbao, Norma from Parma and Lucia di Lammermoor from the Metropolitan Opera. Marking the Verdi bicentennial, May 2013 saw Abdrazakov’s star turn in the title role of Attila immortalized on the Mariinsky label’s first DVD/Blu-ray release.
Abdrazakov signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in early 2017.
Abdrazakov was born in Ufa. His 2000 win at the Maria Callas International Television Competition thrust him into the international spotlight and led to his debut at La Scala the following year. Since 2007, Abdrazakov has been an ambassador for the Zegna & Music project, a philanthropic initiative founded in 1997 by Ermenegildo Zegna, to promote music and its values. Abdrazakov’s concert attire is generously provided by the designer. Ildar Abdrazakov is also Artistic Director of the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music – where he was appointed by Obraztsova herself in 2014 – which opened in a gala concert in August 2015.